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Blessed …SO I Serve.

TPDL Thoughts

Chapter 34 was a good one.  They all are really.  But I love that God meets me right where I am every day through this book and His Word.

Praying about the anagram for JOY today.  Jesus, Others, You.  So cheesy/corny but so true.  Lord, help me get this right so that I might be closer to you, know Your Joy in new ways and bless others.  Help me be aware of the needs of those around me and stop focusing on my own selfish needs.  You know that pride is an issue for me.  And people pleasing.  My “love language” seems to be words of affection but when they are given, I need to constantly examine if they are filling my pride bucket or my love bucket.  

It makes me very uncomfortable when people compliment me.  I hate it actually. Because I don’t know what to say or where to even look.  But at the same time, I crave it.  I want to please others and have them like me.  Lord, help me to practice true humility as I think of others more and my self less.  Examine my heart and cleanse my motives.  Help me to patiently love others in spite of my own selfish self.  Get me out of Your way and please use me in new ways today.

Shocked to see this sentence, “How you manage your money affects how much God can bless your life.” (Read yesterdays entry as to why this timing is so perfect.) Help me manage money well so you can bless us and we can use that blessing to glorify You and serve others well.  Let my spending not be on selfish wants.  Giving does bring great joy but rarely is there any to give since we are usually struggling to just get through to the next paycheck.

We have family members who have criticized and questioned our service to Jesus.  But this has never bothered me.  It does bother Becky.  Lord, help her to not be so affected by the family members who look at her life of service as failure.  Help her to finish her degree and serve you well… Even if it is at Target.  You love those people.  Help her to bring Light to them.

Jesus as our example was a Servant.  I loved that the author included this verse, “Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power and that He had come from God…SO (he got up and washed feet of the disciples).  It was because He knew who He was that He served.  If anyone had the “right” to be served it’s Him.  Yet he served others.  What an example!!!!!

Also loved this part “…He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him BY CARING FOR OTHER CHRISTIANS”.  Once again, “My Brother’s Keeper” is affirmed in my life,

I am rushed out the door by a Monday morning.  I want to read more…but the day begins.  Lord, help me live for you today and do Your will.  I love you.  You have blessed me in so many ways but even if I lived in a box on the street, alone, You would still be worthy of my absolute love and service.  You are enough.  I praise You today.  Yes, I am blessed So I serve but I wouldn’t need another blessing on this side of heaven to absolutely OWE YOU my life, love and service.  Thank you…


 

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Lisa’s Journey

I am really loving the book, “The Purpose Driven Life”.  It’s not a new book but I’ve never read it.  I only chose to read it because of Lisa’s text asking me questions about faith.  I felt compelled to share this book with her which was odd because I have never read it.  I purchased her a copy and a friend gave me one of her extra copies.  We’ve been reading it “together” and I am really enjoying it.  I will need to text her today because it’s been a week or so since I’ve heard how she is doing with it.

I read chpt. 23 today about growth.  It has some great analogies to explain some questions she may or may not have at some point.  It blessed me.  Thinking about how to change your life means changing the way you think was a great place to mediate on today.  “Behind everything you do there is a thought.  Every behavior is motivated by a belief, and every action is prompted by an attitude.”  Lord, let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart acceptable in thy sight..”  I often pray that prayer but I am asking God today to really change my thinking, behaviors, beliefs and actions as He changes me to be more like him. “Christianity is not a religion or a philosophy, but a relationship and a lifestyle.” Lord, let my choices reflect that today.

I also read John 4:1-6 today.  I had Lisa on my mind and I think that all those years ago when God had our paths cross in high school it may have been for this reason.  She is my “woman at the well” currently.  I am stretching Scripture here probably but I can’t help but think that this friendship of 27 years may be leading to something huge for Lisa.  We haven’t talked much about faith but she is very open.  I’m excited to share with her and praying that she is able to formulate the questions she has and trusting God to give me the answers.  But mostly relying on the Holy Spirit to continue calling her and working in her heart.

Lord, I HATE that I’m so rushed today and the above thoughts are rambled.  But I am asking You to continue working on Lisa.  To cleanse my heart and change my “autopilot” to reflect Christian character and choices that glorify You.  

I love you,

Dawn

What is God’s Will?

So often in my life I have been caught up in the idea that when I hit a crossroads and there are two choices to make I must get it right or I won’t have God’s best.  Sometimes there is a clear path and other times there are two great choices to make.  A profound thought today for me was found in chpt 22 of TPDL  “There are many different careers(substitute choices) that could be God’s will for your life.  What God cares most about is that whatever you do, you do it in a Christlike manner”.  He’s about the WHO not the WHAT.  He is developing our character because that’s what we take into eternity with us.  Of course it’s still right and good to pray and ask for direction but instead of being at a standstill, afraid of making the wrong choice, ask Him to make you more like Him whatever you do.  Sometimes God doesn’t let us know clearly “which way is best” because BOTH are fine and He has created us with personalities and allows us to make choices.

I also love John the Baptist quote, “He must increase, I must decrease”.  Whatever I do…let this be the cry of my heart.  Whatever choice I make, let Him be exalted and seen by those He brings into my life.  Keep me from anything that would hinder Your work in me and through me.

As I sat today in this house that God has allowed us to have, listening to the sounds of pouring rain, enjoying coffee and reading, I am filled with such contentment and joy.  This house was one of those choices where it wasn’t perfectly clear what we should do.  It was a desire…but not a definite clear path.  I’m grateful He allowed it and worked out all the details for us.  My prayer then was, “God, put us wherever you can use us best.”  We now live in Trumbull with a whole new set of neighbors who don’t know You.  Lord, Please use us to reach them for you.  And thank you that you allow us to serve you at Calvary Church.  Be glorified in us and through us. 

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